Chelsea have finally lifted the Premier League trophy after a drought of 5 long years. Yes, the wait is finally over, the trophy now has blue ribbons, Chelsea Blue!
This season has been a successful one with Chelsea completing a domestic double by claiming the Capital One Cup and the Premier League.
But we have had our low moments along the way to glory, suffering the shock exit from the FA Cup and the elimination from the Champions League. Knowing Jose Mourinho, he won’t be content with just the 2 trophies on his return. He will certainly target the major European trophy he is yet to win with Chelsea, the biggest club tournament, the Champions League.
As much as Jose has promised to bring in youth academy graduates, to win the grandest tournament in club football one needs marque players also. So this summer won’t be very different and we will witness some stirring in the Chelsea squad. Some players will leave and some may arrive.
Let’s take a look at the possibilities.
Thibaut Courtois – At 23 he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, already winning leagues in 3 different countries and the Europa League, and featuring in the UCL final. He will have a long career at Chelsea just like the man he dislodged from the #1 position.
Cesar Azpilicueta – Was brought in as a RB, but has so effortlessly blended in as a LB that he managed to displace the great Ashley Cole last season and has kept the £16m signing Filipe Luis to only a handful of starts. He sure is amongst Jose’s favourite and will be a mainstay at the Bridge.
John Terry – Easily the best defender in EPL this season and one of the best CB in the world on current form. The performance against Arsenal was evident, how well JT was coped with age, loss of pace has made way for great positioning. Easily amongst Jose’s untouchables for at least another season.
Nemanja Matic – Everybody knows how much Jose loves a quality holding midfielder. And the Serbian is amongst the best in the world. He has been pivotal in our title surge this season.
Cesc Fabregas – A shock summer signing, but an amazing one. Playing alongside Matic as a midfield general, Fabregas more often than not set the tempo of the game for us. His assist to Schurrle in the opening match was proof enough of his sheer quality. The Spaniard is here to stay.
Branislav Ivanovic – Although, being on the wrong side of 30, he is one of Jose’s preferred players. His goals and assists make him very important and irreplaceable.
Eden Hazard – The player of the year, the best young talent around, the best player in the EPL. Need I say more as to why he is an untouchable?
Diego Costa – After Drogba, Chelsea finally found a genuine striker. He’s strong, he’s powerful and he isn’t scared of going up against the opposition’s Center Backs. If stays fit, will again be crucial to our cause next season.
“The Squad players”
Garry Cahill – Had some poor run of form, but pulled up his socks in time. He will be a good squad player pitching in whenever needed.
Kurt Zouma – Amazing talent and has been really good whenever given a chance. His performance against Spurs in the League Cup final, most probably was his standout performance. He and Cahill will fight for one spot beside the Captain in our backline.
Ramires – Had a poor season, but the Brazilian gives the team versatility as he can play in a number of roles.
Mikel – Jose’s go to man when he wants to shut the shop. Unless Jose decides to give Oriol Romeu (who signed a 3-year extension last summer) a chance, expect Mikel to stay put.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – The academy graduate has already made 2 starts in two consecutive matches this season, expect to see more of him next season.
Patrick Bamford – With King Didier’s contract coming to an end, the championship player of the year may finally have his moment and be named in the Chelsea squad.
Willian – He works really hard on the field, he’ll run and run and run and run some more. He is an ideal squad player to have, as he is able to play in any of the 3 position behind the forward.
Petr Cech – A glorious Chelsea career may come to an end this summer with his agent confirming that they are allowed to hold talk with interested parties.
Remy – The Frenchman cost us £10m, has scored almost every time he started, couldn’t hold on to a starting spot even when Costa was out injured.
Luis – £16m arrival spent the entire season in the shadow of ‘Dave’, maybe want out for more game time.
Oscar – He might be the scapegoat for generating money for marquee signings such as Pogba, Griezmann, Koke. If sold won’t have any difficulty in finding numerous suitors for the very talented Brazilian.
Cuadrado – £27m signing in the January transfer window has had a torrid time settling in, and with Chelsea linked with the likes of Griezmann, what does future hold for him?
Varane – Jose is fond of him, that’s no secret. Chelsea has been repeatedly linked with him and will reportedly cost us around £25m. What a fantastic pair would he and Zouma make in the future!
Griezmann – The third highest goal scorer in the La Liga this season and can play in any position of the front three, would cost us around £43m and will be an ideal partner for Hazard playing on the RW.
Koke – Yet another Atletico Madrid star linked to us, will cost around £44m. Although he has squashed any rumour of leaving the Vicente Calderon, but if Jose wants him, he can certainly convince Koke.
Edited By: Harshal
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